Try These Indoor Activities With Your Pets while Stuck at Home

Trista - June 30, 2020
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Create a game with a piece of string and a doorknob to keep your cat entertained when you aren’t at home. Shutterstock.

The Doorknob Game

An indoor cat could get bored when you aren’t at home to play with the laser pointer or throw the ball of newspaper for them to fetch. So, the solution is a doorknob toy. Attach a toy to a piece of thick string or even shoestrings. 

You can then tie this rope and toy to a doorknob so that it swings down, and your cat can easily play with this all on their own. The noise it makes won’t bother you since you won’t be at home, but you’ll know that your cat is having a great time anyway. 

Put on a YouTube video for your cat with footage of mice or birds flying around for them to enjoy. Shutterstock.

YouTube Videos For Cats

We know you enjoy YouTube videos, but guess what – your cat might as well! There are so many great videos on YouTube that will keep your cat entertained. Just type it into the search bar and pick on and put it on. 

Some of the most popular ones show small rodents or fish moving around the screen. Others show birds flying around. They’ll have so much fun growling at your device or trying to catch them on the screen. 

Build a catio to allow your cat to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. Shutterstock.

Creating The Ultimate Catio

Another fantastic option for indoor cats is a catio. This pet game is an enclosed outdoor area for your cat to spend time in. They can be safe and outside at the same time. They’ll be able to see what is happening outdoors and get some fresh air too. 

You can include many fun activities into a catio, including shelves that they can climb, hammocks to sit in, and even some grassy areas. You could also plant some cat-friendly plants like catnip for them to munch on when they are out there. 

Battery operated toys give your cats the chance to stalk prey and be stimulated from unexpected movements. Shutterstock.

A Wind Up Toy For Cats

Since your cat is indoors, they won’t be able to chase real-life mice and other creatures. To let them have a bit of fun, buy a wind-up or battery operated toy. They look like small rodents, and your cat can chase them around the house. 

For these toys, it is best to use them on the floor, and your cat will have a great time pouncing and working on their stalking skills. These toys have erratic movements, so they’ll be very stimulated and entertained when playing with this toy. 

Parrots are indoor pets, and they need much stimulation to make their lives happy and fulfilled. Shutterstock.

Providing Parrot Entertainment

Another indoor pet that needs a lot of stimulation and fun activities is a parrot. They are amazing creatures, and they need to be looked after. One important thing is to let them stretch their wings outside of their cage occasionally. 

This indoor pet game will keep them a lot happier and very entertained. When you let them out, make sure that the room is secure, and none of your other pets are in the place. Also, ensure that your windows are closed so that you prevent any flight risk. 

There are so many fun toys that you can buy to hang inside their cage for entertainment purposes. Shutterstock.

Buy Some Fantastic Cage Toys

When they are in their cage, they need many things to entertain them. Make sure you have lots of interesting toys hanging inside that they can play with and chew on. You could even get a foraging tree for your parrot for much excitement. 

Another great toy to hang in their cage is a mirror; it will almost create the illusion of them having a friend in there with them. Pet stores have a wide variety of toys to keep your flying friend entertained, even when they are in their cage. 

Keep a radio or television on for your pets when you aren’t at home, so they aren’t left in silence. Shutterstock.

Leave On Some Background Sound

Last but not least, when you aren’t going to be at home and won’t be able to talk to your bird, you should leave a radio or television. This background noise will keep them company and entertained when you aren’t at home. 

You might think it’s a good idea to put on the nature channel, but predator sounds might scare your parrot. Stick to the news or a sitcom channel with lots of human noises that will keep your parrot occupied until you get home. 

Pets are our family, and we want them to be happy and having fun at all times – indoors or outdoors. Shutterstock.

Keeping Pets Happy And Healthy

Our pets are like part of the family, and we want to ensure that they are always happy, healthy, and of course – entertained. There are so many fantastic options to make this happen, and some of them don’t cost you anything at all. 

Pets love having our attention and care. When you play with them indoors, make it count, and make it an experience that you both enjoy. Taking the time to do an activity with them will make your day so much better and theirs. 

Sources: 

https://barkpost.com/life/12-rainy-day-entertainment-ideas-for-dogs/

https://petcube.com/blog/indoor-dog-exercise/

https://www.hillspet.co.uk/cat-care/play-exercise/cheap-cat-games-around-the-house?gclid=CjwKCAjw26H3BRB2EiwAy32zhfoMK2TObIIJcF3leJ5DE_aHxX21xbZCJ2y82XRdwq2hY49hKnKC3RoCL5MQAvD_BwE

https://www.androscogginanimalhospital.com/blog/indoor-cat-activities/

https://www.hillspet.com/cat-care/play-exercise/five-fun-things-to-do-with-your-cat

https://www.forbirdsonlyny.com/blog/2016/3/3/how-to-keep-your-parrot-entertained

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